The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industrie, on track to eclipse US rival Boeing in annual deliveries for the second straight year, is closing out this year on a flood of Asian orders and has snared the first firm expression of interest in its future A350. \nAirbus, jointly owned by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co (EADS) and BAE Systems of Britain, has set its sights on between 315 and 320 deliveries this year and appears to be in good shape to beat Boeing, which is banking on 285 aircraft deliveries. \n"2004 has so far been a very successful year for EADS and Airbus, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, and we expect more Airbus orders to be announced before the end of the year," EADS co-chief executives Philippe Camus and Rainer Hertrich said in a joint statement. \nIn a further piece of good news for the consortium, Airbus disclosed on Tuesday that Spanish airline Air Europa had signed the first letter of intent to purchase the Airbus A350, signalling its interest in 10 of the long-range, mid-size planes launched just 11 days ago. \nAirbus has likewise just announced major orders from two Indian low-cost carriers while its chief executive, Noel Forgeard, recently disclosed that he had reached an accord with a Chinese company on the acquisition of five giant Airbus A380s. \nThe European consortium said earlier on Tuesday it had struck a deal to sell 30 A320 aircraft to Air Deccan of India. \nJohn Leahy, Airbus chief commercial officer, said the US$1.8 billion agreement amounted to a firm order for 30 planes starting next year with an additional option for another 20 aircraft. \nAirbus estimates that by 2023 the Asia-Pacific region should account for 31 percent of global air traffic against 25 percent at present. Europe by contrast is seen as stagnating at 32 percent during the same period, with North America slipping back from 33 to 26 percent. \nSeparately, Asia's top airline Japan Airlines (JAL) said yesterday it was seriously considering a purchase of the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner, the next-generation jet on which the US aviation giant is staking its future. \n"We have been considering buying the plane. We have had in-depth discussions and we are at the final stage of our consideration," JAL spokesman Tatsuo Yoshimura said. \nHis comment came after The Wall Street Journal reported that JAL may yesterday announce the selection of the Boeing 7E7 to replace as many as 58 aircraft in its fleet. \nThe airline has said it wants to replace its 36 aging Boeing 767s and 22 Airbus A300-600s by 2008 -- the same year that Boeing plans to introduce the 7E7, the newspaper said. \nA JAL purchase would give a badly needed boost to the sluggish sales of the Dreamliner, a fuel-efficient jet which can hold 200 to 300 passengers.
Three cases of Candida auris, a fungus that can cause a yeast infection known as candidiasis in humans, have been reported in Taiwan over the past few years, but they did not display drug resistance, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said yesterday. Lo made the statement at a news conference in Taipei, one day after the Washington Post reported that the potentially deadly fungus is spreading in US hospitals. The fungus was first discovered in Japan in 2009 and poses a danger to immunocompromised people, with an estimated mortality rate of 30 to 60 percent, Lo
‘COINCIDENCE’: The former president should keep in mind local and global response to his actions and abide by the law to safeguard national interests, the MAC said The Presidential Office yesterday confirmed that it has received an application from former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to visit China next week and would be discussing his security detail. “As the travel restrictions on former president Ma have expired, we respect his plan to pay respect to his ancestors in China,” Presidential Office spokeswoman Lin Yu-chan (林聿禪) said. “We will review his travel plan and consult concerned agencies to assist him in arranging his security detail.” “We also hope that Ma, as a former commander in chief of Taiwan, acts in a manner that aligns with national interests and does not hurt
‘DIRE’: Taiwan would not engage in ‘dollar diplomacy,’ the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, after China reportedly offered Honduras up to US$3 billion to establish relations The government yesterday recalled its ambassador to Honduras after the Central American nation sent its foreign minister to China, signaling that it would sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan. Suspicions concerning ties with Honduras are rife after Honduran President Xiomara Castro on Tuesday last week wrote on Twitter that her country would pursue diplomatic ties with China. Honduran Minister of Foreign Affairs Eduardo Enrique Reina traveled to China on Wednesday “to promote efforts for the establishment of diplomatic relations” on instructions from Castro, Reuters yesterday quoted Honduran presidential spokesman Ivis Alvarado as saying. The government “has decided to immediately recall the ambassador to Honduras
‘NOTHING NEW’: China should not use Tsai Ing-wen’s transits through the US as a pretext to step up aggressive activity in the Taiwan Strait, a Washington official said President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is to stop over in the US on her way to and from Central America next week, but her administration would not confirm a meeting with US House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Tsai’s delegation is to leave Taipei on Wednesday next week and stop over in New York City, Presidential Office spokeswoman Lin Yu-chan (林聿禪) told a news conference yesterday. Tsai is then to head to Guatemala on Saturday next week for talks with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and to meet with Taiwanese expatriates, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. On April 3, Tsai is scheduled to travel